Social pension makes father of six happy

U Khin Nyein, 82, who suffers from hypertension, is a father of six children. He and his 73-year-old wife live in Chaung Dwin Village, Pyapon Township of the Ayeyarwaddy Region. They have to stay in one child’s  house, then move to another’s in the same village, so as not to burden any one for too […] Read more

Seniors fulfill their dreams while knowing their rights

In Banthi district, in the province of Lamphun in northern Thailand, a special volunteer group is promoting the rights of older people. In cooperation with the Banthi district Older People’s Association (OPA), the ‘Older People’s Rights Promotion’ volunteer team of Banthi is holding workshop style meetings in villages to educate older people about thirteen critical […] Read more

Group builds houses for homeless elderly

22 May 2015 – Manila, Philippines FOUR indigent senior citizens who lost their houses in Medellin, Cebu during typhoon Yolanda now have new homes. Fifty-four more senior citizens who became homeless because of Yolanda will soon have new dwellings, thanks to HelpAge-Cose, a coalition of non-government organizations that promote the welfare of the elderly. HelpAge-Cose […] Read more

Living alone but not lonely

Than Thi Khan, 80 years old, lives alone in a remote area of Vietnam. Her husband passed away 14 years ago. She has 3 daughters, and like most people who live in a rural area, two of her children have moved to work in a big city, while the other is married and lives with […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: feeling safer and better prepared

Salud is 76 and blind. She received a solar powered radio from HelpAge-COSE. It gives her information, particularly on weather updates and entertainment whenever she is alone at home. Salud has been partially blind for 5 years and is too weak to go far from her house. She lives with her husband Alfonso, 65, and […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: older people caring for multiple generations

Eleazar, 61, has 5 children and 4 grandchildren. His youngest daughter Eleabe, 9, has had a visual impairment since birth. He’s taken care of Eleabe since his wife died in 2008. Two of his children live with him together with their children. On 8 November 2013, they survived the strongest typhoon they have ever encountered. […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: a tailor’s new business

Hilaria Capara, 84-year-old, lives in Western Leyte. She has three children who all have their own families. Her two sons are in Manila and her daughter lives next door to her. Her daughter and family were living with Hilaria after Yolanda, but she wanted things to be quiet so they moved next door. She has 15 […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: earning a living again

Romeo, 62, is married to Josefina, 64, who had recently survived a stroke in January 2014. He is father to two children: Roldan 28 and Rominick 24 who live together in the same house. “I was earning an average of 150 pesos ($4.00) a day as a pedicab driver. Though we lived an ordinary life, […] Read more

One year after Haiyan: rebuilding homes, rebuilding lives

Erlinda, 68, is one of the older people who lost their home due to Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). She lives with her husband Cenon, 69, in the Philippines. They have 2 children who are married already and do not live with them. During Typhoon Haiyan, the couple struggled together to survive. “My husband and I were […] Read more